Simone Roth created Reels to Relax in 2008 after personally spending time at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Reels to Relax is a fundraiser which collects brand new DVDs and VHS for the patients and families at SickKids.
This is our fifth year, and we have been able to donate over 3,000 movies to the hospital!
Movies play an important role for patients at SickKids. For children who are inpatients, movies provide pleasure and relief during what can be very long days on the units. For outpatients visiting one of the many clinics, movies can have a relaxing and distracting effect.
Each room at SickKids is outfitted with a VHS/DVD player, but frequently there is a shortage of movies to circulate throughout the hospital.
Simone is now a first year New Media student at Ryerson University, and with the help and support of her community, Reels to Relax will once again annually contribute to the DVD/VHS library at SickKids.